My friend AJ wrote sent me this email yesterday in response to Monday’s post, “The Perfect Example of a Christian.” I really, really loved it and think he made some awesome, encouraging points. And don’t worry, I asked him if I could post it. I don’t just go rogue with anything anyone tells me. Come on, yall.
This post struck me. I struggled, and still do, with the question of “What the ‘perfect Christian’ looks like.” Growing up in the church, I’ve seen so many try to act as clean as possible and project an image that they have it all together. Or that because they do not have a social drink with friends, they’re more Christian than you are, etc.. .and then make you feel as though you’re less of a Christian than they are.
At the end of the day, I’ve just come to a view that you mentioned towards the end your blog- that the Lord uses those that are broken, have made numerous mistakes, and so forth. Not to say that He doesn’t use the reverse, but look at major characters in the Bible. Paul: killed Christians for a living then became a central part of the Gospel being spread. David: slept with a married woman, got her pregnant, killed her husband, and God still used him to do great things.
You know for sure on a day to day basis the likes of David and Paul had their haters when they sought to do the right things- those that were like, “He’s a horrible guy, he did this in the past, etc.” There are so many more stories but the common denominator in them is that there was some kind of conflict or notable imperfection, but the Lord still provided them with grace and mercy and still used them in a major way to achieve/further His plan. And that’s so encouraging to me.
That’s not to say be belligerent in our own lives, but the Lord knows we’re imperfect, the Lord knows our internal struggles, so we should embrace that and know that if we’re truly making a conscious effort to glorify Him and are seeking to be intentional in honoring Him, He’ll use us. Then, all those mistakes, all those challenges, they have purpose and are just a part of your story and testimony that ultimately point back the Lord’s grace and can be used to encourage someone else in their journey to know and be used by Him.